Linux 2.6.0 on the Server

06 January 2004

Yesterday I started moving my server to Linux 2.6.0. Within about 30 minutes, I had it booted and my network services (sendmail, apache, jboss, etc) were all running, and I was actually able to leave the box running for hours untouched. After a bit of tuning and work, I found a known bug in the usb hid drivers and apcupsd, so I ended up upgrading to 2.6.1-rc1.

I had to tune a few things:

I supposedly have ACPI, so the kernel can power-down the box and control other little things. I have not played with that yet, since it's not all that important. Maybe the temperature sensors will report through ACPI.

The new threading structure is slick too, since now my process lists aren't overrun by a million java processes, etc. JBoss now shows only one java process, so I can see other processes in top.

I think at this point, I have most everything working. I'm finally doing my part to help debug these kernels, so I anxiously await the next couple kernel releases as the rest of the world starts using them.

Update: I have 2.6.1-rc2 on both my laptop and server now. Nothing is all that interesting, though, which is good I suppose.

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